Female voices are leading the way in saving the planet, and we need to amplify them in every way we can.

A year on from the global pandemic and it is clear female leaders have made an impact like never before. With countries led by women seeing the lowest Covid 19 death rates in the world we have high hopes for how those female leaders approach worldwide sustainability.
It’s a desperate situation for the world and our future if we don’t act immediately. It really is down to our world leaders and policy makers to stand up and shoulder the responsibility that is theirs, to actually implement the drastic action that will make a difference.  In order to achieve the rapid systemic change required, we need governments to be very proactive. COVID-19 changed the world almost overnight. We need an equally rapid response to the climate crisis. Our hearts lifted as Joe Biden reinstated the US in the Paris Agreement as one of his first executive orders, but we have a hell of a long way to go and an uphill fight to turn things around.


Its’s fitting that this year’s International Women’s Day theme is #ChooseToChallenge. We believe we should all choose to challenge world leaders to listen to more diverse voices on sustainability.

We challenge women, men, leaders, media, teachers, politicians EVERYONE to amplify those voices that risk getting lost and silenced. It’s time to make inclusion and diversity an integral part of the sustainability debate.It’s absolutely critical as we champion sustainable living at Festival of Thrift , we remember that it is not just the responsibility of the individual It’s time to put the responsibility firmly at the door of policy makers, manufacturers and corporations.

Together as two female leaders, we #ChooseToChallenge.

Stella Hall & Emma Whitenstall Co Directors, Festival of Thrift CIC

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